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  • Audio CD: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478980907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478980902
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

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"'The last line of "The Silkworm," which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us." Charles Finch, ""USA Today "(3.5/4 stars)""

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The second book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Nonne on 21 May 2015
Format: Paperback
Who can argue that J K Rowling - aka Galbraith - isn't a talented, imaginative and hugely successful author?
But with that success has evidently come the power to stand firm against any attempts to edit her work.
The result here is a tome that is far too long and far too full of description of the angst of the main character, and the reasons for it, until it feels like you're being hammered on the head with his heartache, his past, and of course, his disability - whatever happened to "show, don't tell"?
I also have a problem with the way Rowling takes thinly veiled swipes at all the "types" she doesn't like - and there are many of them - from the rich and successful business man to the lonely middle aged female who is too chatty; there's even a swipe at a very recognisable actor! None of this is done with the humorous satire of other great writers, but with an air of spite that makes me uncomfortable to read it.
In amongst all these niggles was the makings of a good crime story, but in her determination to display her intelligence and observational skills, and her seeming refusal to let an unbiased editor anywhere near it, the author has buried her treasure a little too deeply.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Osborne on 15 April 2015
Format: Paperback
Disappointing follow up for lovers of Strike Cormoran first novel, The Cuckoos Calling. The characters of Strike and his capable assistant, Robyn continue to be well developed and this aspect of the plot was what kept me going to the end. The plot however was in my opinion overly convoluted and quite tedious at times, the Latin introductions to each chapter added nothing, just irritated me. I cared nothing about any of the other characters and by the end I frankly just wanted the book to end so didn't give a hoot who the murderer was. Sorry, so wanted to enjoy this as my holiday read but will not be recommending.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
I read and enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling and so was looking forward to this follow-up. As with the first book I was much more taken by the characters than the plot. Strike is extremely likable and very well-rounded and the relationships between the main characters are really believable. Location too is great; I know that corner of London very well and it was lovely to read it brought to life so evocatively.

Sadly, it’s the plot that lets the whole book down; it reads like a crime novel written by someone who hasn’t read much crime. It lacks the pace of a Val McDermid or a PD James novel and so my main reason for finishing the book was because I was enjoying the character development.

I’d read another one, but hopefully it will be about a hundred pages shorter and have a bit more pace behind it.
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83 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Jack Croxall (Author/Journo) on 5 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Eight months after the Landry case and Strike is back. Inundated with rich clients wanting their adulterous spouses tailed, the private detective is relieved to receive a likeable visitor with a quandary actually worth investigating. The wife of not-quite-famous author, Owen Quine, Leonora Quine wants her missing husband found. Cormoran takes on the case and quickly finds himself in and amongst London's squabbling literary circle, caught up in the mess created by Quine upon circulation of his latest manuscript; a libellous book in which he viciously attacks almost everyone he's ever worked with.

`Write what you know' is the age old adage and, where Rowling dipped into her experience of fame for The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm deals with a publishing world going through an identity crisis. Traditional publishing, self-publishing and the internet's influence are all fleetingly examined, and you can't help but wonder how many of Cormoran's suspects include portions of the real-life people Rowling encountered during her remarkable rise to superstardom. But then, given the repercussions of Quine's own manuscript, Bombyx Mori (Latin for silkworm), borrowed traits might well have been too ironic an inclusion for even the most cavalier of writers - an enjoyable conundrum to deliberate whilst reading.

A literary yet accessible crime thriller, The Silkworm is, like its predecessor, an excellent read. The mystery is moreish, the characters well-crafted, and the side plots - particularly the continuing animosity between Strike and his assistant's fiancé - are genuinely enjoyable.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Aug. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Having enjoyed "The Cuckoo's Calling" (not to mention all the other books of J K Rowlings) I was keen to see how the second book would fair. Although I found it darker, it was more enjoyable, possibly because I was familiar with the main characters. Once again the setting is atmospheric and beautifully observed while the characters, even the minor players, are carefully moulded to show depth and personality with all their idiosyncrasies, hang ups flaws and redeeming features.
The central plot twists and drags the reader through the streets of snowbound London, but I will not give away the main tenet as I feel spoilers are a curse. Suffice to say I hope Ms Rowlings (aka Robert Galbraith) in her literary circle does not come into contact with the seamier side of the publishing world.
A word of warning to those of a sensitive disposition; the language is often ripe, as befits the characters, and description of the body, luridly graphic.
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